This New Supercomputer Will be the World’s Most Powerful; Will Simulate Nuclear Explosions

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The US Department of Energy (DoE) has committed to building the world’s most powerful supercomputer yet, it revealed today.

The new DoE supercomputer, “El Capitan”, will have a peak performance of over 1.5 exaflops, or 1.5 quintillion calculations per second.

It will go into production by late-2023 and be used to run simulations of nuclear weapon explosions “in the absence of underground testing.”

The system will provide “scientists and weapon designers the computational tools to explore the use of new materials and components, improve robustness and safety, reduce maintenance costs and reduce manufacturing and production costs”.

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